Is it OK to use a HSRP address for ntp polling from Win2003

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Apr 6th, 2009
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I have a Win2003 server and have specified my default gateway (a HSRP address) as the target. Someone told me it was not a good way to get ntp as there are known bugs with HSRP and NTP yet I can't find anything via Google. The routers are set to get their ntp times from a few GPS receivers in our network.

I guess its better to use a loopback but then I need to go into the registry on some 3rd parties kit to add more than one server I presume and i'd rather not touch the registry for contractual reasons.

I see no reason not to use the HSRP address but maybe you can suggest otherwise.


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mmacdonald70 Thu, 04/23/2009 - 03:33
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I have never heard anything about it being a bad idea. I use this quite frequently since it's much easier to tell a sysadmin to just use his default gateway for NTP.

As long as all HSRP interfaces are on devices that are properly synced with NTP it should work.


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